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Shawna M

During my commute Audible keeps me from going insane. I like books that keep my mind awake. No slow moving books here.

Silver Spring, MD United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 7 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 22 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Pandemic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (288)

    The entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands.

    Shawna M says: "A Good Ending to the Series"
    "A Good Ending to the Series"
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    Where does Pandemic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    During the time the audiobook was being complied all I could think of is, "How can Scott Sigler make the evolution of this alien species even creepier than triangles and sub-human kissy-face monsters?" Well he took it up a slight notch and I was not disappointed.

    Audiobook-wise, Scott's stories always take you into a place your mind that makes most people uncomfortable. Sit in a car and listen and you will be asking yourself, "Could I take on the seemly nice lady in the car next to me if she got out of her car brandishing an axe?" "Would I be able to escape a horde of blood-thirsty teens waiting for me when I stop next to the bus stop?"


    What other book might you compare Pandemic to and why?

    Anything in the Scott Sigler universe..


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I wasn't thrilled to not hear Scott Sigler perform but Phil did a okay job in his place.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Sit in a dark room, turn on this audiobook and let the book help you create the scenes in your head. You will laugh, tense up, yawn (sorry there are some conversations that will make you want to fast forward) and many moments you will ask yourself, "could you deal with all of this?"


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (278)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    Bill says: "What a fun ride!"
    "You'll think twice about checking into a hotel.."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shady Palms to be better than the print version?

    Although I would want to read the print version one day, the audio version made some of the scenes almost surreal.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shady Palms?

    The shower scene with everyone's favorite hooker.


    What about Rose Caraway’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Caraway's overall performance was great.


    Who was the most memorable character of Shady Palms and why?

    Sanjay all the way. You want to hate him but towards the end I felt like I was rooting for him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CyberStorm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Tom Taylorson
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

    Jan says: "Yes - satisfied a craving"
    "When the -- hits the fan, what are you going to do"
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    Would you listen to CyberStorm again? Why?

    No I wouldn't listen to again. Not because it is a boring book. In fact the book kept me in my car longer during my commute. The storyline was very plausible: A man-made disaster leaving thousands of people exposed. No power or water, limited resources, no communication, and a city on the verge of chaos and disorder.

    Throughout each moment of the book it kept I kept asking myself the question, "if this happened to you, what would you do?" If you live in a large city, by the time you reach the end of this story, your bug-out bag will be packed (or at the least you will have purchased a printed city map.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Just think about that guy you know who loves to indulge you with a ton of conspiracy theories but isn't so far gone he is in a shed with a tin hat on. In this story that's Chuck. Businessman, conspiracy theorist, and prepper extraordinaire, Chuck's resourcefulness keeps everyone going up until the end.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Taylorson – was your favorite?

    The older couple. Throughout this book the older couple in Mike's building will make you appreciate their wisdom.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    They are making this film into a book, so no need to come up with a tagline.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

    Amanda says: "Remarkable."
    "Loved Evey Bit of Atopia; Can't wait for Book 2"
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    Where does The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Interestingly The Atopia Chronicles would have been the number 2 contender within my audiobooks library if it wasn't for that really, really bad performance of Olympia Onassis. I would have skipped over the whole section and if her annoying voice wasn't connected to a piece of the story. If you can hold on and endure sections with her voice, it will be worth the time.


    What other book might you compare The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1 to and why?

    Although there are a couple movies I could compare Atopia to, here isn't any book that I have read (or listened to) that can be compared to it. I guess that is why I kept listening. The story toys with the imagination and the human desire to "do more" with our bodies using technology. I wanted to know how far would the author would go to show the issues that came with integrating the seemly perfect synthetic reality systems with imperfect humans.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't have a comparison for any of the narrators.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You have a "oh" with a side of "yeah, it makes sense" moments when you discover one of the characters start to show a whole new side of themselves.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1218)

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

    Janice says: "You have chosen wisely"
    "I Just Couldn't Get Into This Story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Honestly maybe someone who can take all the back chatter within a story. I can't really put my finger on why I couldn't listen to this book. Maybe it was the fact my mind had a hard time connecting to this tale.


    What could Michael J. Sullivan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Though I don't think the author could make this one enjoyable for ME.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performances?

    I don't know.


    What character would you cut from FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)?

    The whinny guy... Don't know his name.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fledgling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Tracey Leigh
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of a young amnesiac girl whose inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must learn who wanted to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.

    B. W. says: "Unusual Concept, Very Good Read"
    "Interesting But Not As Compelling Other Stories"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is still a great book for a person who has a long drive, can get past the thought of the main character looking like a 10-12 year old girl (while having a relationship with adult), and doesn't mind interesting twist on vampire lore. Also there are a lot of parallels to the Xenogenesis/Lilth's Broad series.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh.. The ending was a little flat. I was hoping to see how the main character develops beyond the child-like state.


    What about Tracey Leigh’s performance did you like?

    She kept the story rolling.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't think the world is ready for a film for based on this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Imago

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Barrett Aldrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Human and Oankali have been mating since the aliens first came to Earth to rescue the few survivors of an annihilating nuclear war. The Oankali began a massive breeding project, guided by the ooloi, a sexless subspecies capable of manipulating DNA, in the hope of eventually creating a perfect starfaring race. Jodahs is supposed to be just another hybrid of human and Oankali, but as he begins his transformation to adulthood he finds himself becoming ooloi - the first ever born to a human mother.

    Shawna M says: "Butler's Trilogy Captures You Until the End"
    "Butler's Trilogy Captures You Until the End"
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    What made the experience of listening to Imago the most enjoyable?

    The whole series had this ominous but riveting tone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That is a loaded question. Throughout the series I kept picturing the Oankali and Ooloi tentacles and the variations of them.


    What three words best describe Barrett Aldrich’s performance?

    Monotone but effective.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    In most stories that talk about the end of the human civilization, one tends to root for resurgence of the human race. Honestly towards the end of this series, I felt torn. The fact that Butler outlines the reasons why Oankali think we won't survive on our own may be spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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